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If you ever find yourself in Chicago the second Saturday of the month, and you have a craving for some Torsk, the solution may be a visit to the Chicago Torske Klub. -Stavanger Aftenblad - 26 May 2006
Welcome to the Chicago Torske Klub Web Site at torskeklub.org! It's good to be in Chicago on the second Saturday of the month. We will update this monthly for current events and dinner meeting news.
500th Anniversary of the Reformation Presentation - October 14, 2017
We are pleased to welcome Prof. Ken Sawyer to our podium to talk about and celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, which is October 31, 2017.
Mr. Sawyer teaches at McCormick Theological Seminary, on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. McCormick is a Presbyterian seminary which welcomes a great variety of students from many traditions. He has been part of the McCormick community a long time, and has been rooted in and formed by the schools, libraries, and congregations of the south side. In serving a small school in response to the needs of its students, he has become a generalist historian-- teaching in each of the main periods of Western christian history: early, medieval, Reformation, early modern, and modern. He received the Ph.D. in the History of Christianity from the University of Chicago Divinity School where he studied with noted scholars Martin Marty, Jerald Brauer, and Langdon Gilkey. His dissertation centered in details of American and English Puritanism, and his teaching and research focuses upon Reformation topics, Anglo-American Reformed groups, Puritanism and New School and Old School Presbyterianism, as well as issues of gender and power in the history of Christianity. He has published articles on a range of topics, from early Christian history in Egypt, Reformation conflicts, contemporary multiculturalisms, and the uses of technology in theological education. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and frequently teaches adult education classes throughout the Chicago area. He is a veteran teacher of Sunday school for four-year-olds. He is married to Patricia Cloud, and has three adult daughters: Elisabeth, Jane, and Anna. My website is www.kennethsawyer.org¬† ¬† There you will find a more complete bibliography, samples of his work, and materials available for download and use in your own teaching efforts. You are most welcome to come to his classes at McCormick. His survey course: History of Christianity I: from the Apostles to the eve of the Reformations, meets on Wednesday nights this fall from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 5460 S. University -- he welcomes you to come visit the south side!¬†
October is Dues Month
We will be sending membership material for the 2018 season in October. The usual deadline is December 31, 2017, but we encourage our member to submit the $40 dues when received so we don't have to chase them. This pays for the letter, website, lefse, and a Linne Aquavit toast on your birthday. The $25 meal costs is the meal and facility only. This a good time to verify information also.
September 9, 2017 - Torske With Traveling Salesmen
Mr. Rornald Solberg presented: "0ohs and Ahs:Those MagnificentTraveling Salesmen (and Saleswomen) of Illinois". As key national retailing centers, it is no coincidence that Chicago and the state of lllinois have introduced more than their fair share of enterprising traveling salesmen. For more than 150 years, a 19th century Marshall Field and his "whiz bang drummer" have joined with the likes of 20th century super-salesman Ron Popeil and his "Pocket Fisherrnan" to introduce products, services and concepts that are still with us to this day. Ron Solberg recounted the amazing stories of our traveling salesmen.
Mr. Solberg is the author of "The Whizbangs of Oohs and Ahs - AmericabSalesmen: Their Lore, Lives, an Laughs" and has spoken in front of dozens of lllinois audiences. He was also the 2006 recipient of the "Distinguished Teaching in Social Studies" award by the lllinois Council of Social Studies.
Tom Peterson - New Recording Secretary
You will notice a new face when you check into the luncheon. Tom Peterson has agreed to join the board, and serve as the Recording Secretary. Garry Grube continues on the board, but asked to step down from the secretary duties to attend to the family farm. You also notice a new response for email reservations and a new phone number for reservations
Our thanks to both Tom and Garry for their service.
Congratulations to the Hon. Perry Gulbrandsen
Our boss, Lowell Olberg, announced at the May Torske Klub lunncheon that our good member, the Hon. Perry Gulbrandsen (retired) has been selected to receive the Norwegian Royal Order of Merit. This award is given by the King of Norway to people outside the country who provide outstanding service in the interests of Norway. It is well deserved, given his work in the Norwegian Community, including the preservation of the 1896 Viking Ship.
Torske Klub Members - January 2017
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Future events are our Saturday luncheons, every 2nd Saturday of every month that contains the letter "R", plus May.
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By resolution of the Board of Directors, the Torske Klub will provide a
single, free raffle ticket to all members who bring one or more guests to a
meeting, excluding father/son and ladies day.
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By resolution of the Board of Directors, the Torske Klub will provide a single, free raffle ticket to all members who bring one or more guests to a meeting, excluding father/son and ladies day.
Use the menu on the left to navigate the website.